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CLOUSC Meeting Minutes 10/28/2013

Meeting Date: 
Monday, October 28, 2013

Attendees: Susan Babcock (Tuxedo), Lynn Banghart (Warwick), Randall Enos (RCLS), Joanna Goldfarb (Monticello), Linda Going (Walden), Anna Gordon (Washingtonville), Rena Kalanick (Fallsburg), Lisa Kochik (Newburgh), Stacy Kraai (Warwick), Susan Mangan (Ellenville), Maria Martinez (Florida), Pennie Mercado (Fallsburg), Michele Muller (Goshen), Melissa Quarles (Monroe), Lisa SinClair (Cornwall), Rhonda Somarelli (Port Jervis), Connie Treuting (Port Jervis)
Table Talk Commenced 9:40 a.m.         TOPIC: Battle of the Books, Stacy Kraai
Offered this summer after a brief hiatus: open to children who had completed grades 3-5. Had 6 teams at the Battle of the Books (BotB), with 4 readers per team. Distributed info to schools in June along with summer reading promo, explaining the BotB- encourages kids to find teammates with friends who they may not see over the summer. Also, instructs kids to be sure family will be in town on the day of the Tournament Event.
For 2013, had 8 Books: One and Only Ivan, Penderwicks (book 1), Lemonade War, One Dog and his Boy, Emily’s Fortune, Secrets at Sea, Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie, and Pie. Program attracts good readers, but told it’s okay to split up the books with their teammates. Must designate a Team Captain; 1 minute to answer questions.
Encourages kids to listen to all the questions; questions sequence through the book chapters. Call the registrants about half-way into the summer to see if they’re still participating and on a team, or need to be assigned to one.
15 questions / round. Approx. 70 questions / book.
Need two staff to run event at a minimum: one to ask questions, one to keep score and act as timekeeper.  Battle lasted about 2 ½ hours with 6 teams: could be much longer with more participants. Appeals to kids who like to read and are competitive. Individual prizes and team prize for end. Keep citation for question answers; overall not a lot of work (writing the questions and running tournament)
Also ran a “book challenge” for readers in gr 3-5: a bookmark with 3-6 book titles and requirement to answer generic question upon completion. Warwick structures Battle asking question of Team 1, gives answer if they don’t get it, different question to Team 2, etc. With three teams in first “round”, play 15 rounds of questions (use 45 questions); tally correct answers and that team moves on. Random mix of questions from books on the list.
A few Books on “How to”:  
1.    Books Battles & Bees: A Reader's Competition Resource for Intermediate Grades by Sybilla Avery Cook, Cheryl A. Page
2.    Elementary Battle Of The Books by Sybilla Avery Cook, Frances Corcoran, Beverely Fonnesbeck
3.    Battle of the Books and More: Reading Activities for Middle School Students by Cook, Sybilla Avery, Corcoran, Frances, Fonnesbeck, Beverley
Goshen running BotB for grades 3-5 using Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, The One and Only Ivan, and Lightning Thief.
Ended TableTalks at 10:05.

MEETING            Commenced 10:12 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions.
CLOUSC plans for 2013-2014
    Lisa SinClair offered to moderate April 28th Table Talk on Library Card Sign Up (Policies, etc.)
    Professional Development event- December 9 trip to NYC to Tour NYPL exhibit “ABC’s of it: Picture Book Art” and Society of Illustrators presentation with Jerry Pinkney, Jeanette Winter, and Peter Brown. Still some seats on the bus but register soon! Registration is open for Society of Illustrator event
    Touch a truck- no info.
    Y2Kids Careers A to Z: According to Orange-Uster BOCES calendar, scheduled for Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 9-2 p.m. (Snow Date of Wednesday, March 19th) LisaK is waiting for confirmation of dates via email.
    Resource List: review, revise and update your library’s section. On RCLS website, About RCLS, Youth Services, Resources, Bottom of Page is CLOUSC Resource Lists. (linked here) Email changes to Michelle Muller (michelle@goshenpubliclibrary.org) or bring to next meeting.
    CLOUSC will update Bibliographies on RCLS Site. Review the bibliographies on the RCLS Site and signup with Michelle by Nov 25th (next meeting) for a booklist you’d like to update and/or add from your library’s bibliographies (Michell to work on getting electronic copy of booklists to make it easier to update)
        CLOUSC Award Committee: No update
            [Pennie (Fallsburg), Melissa (Monroe), Vicey (Liberty)]
        Mock Caldecott Discussion Committee: meeting change to late Nov.; in conjunction with LARC
            [Julie B (Newburgh), Pennie (Fallsburg), Maria (Florida)]
        Mock Newbery Discussion Committee: Will have selections to announce by Nov 25th CLOUSC meeting.
            [Michelle (Goshen), Julie B (Newburgh), Randy (RCLS), Anna (Washingtonville), Nancy (Warwick)]
        SRP planning and Newspaper Inserts: System-wide committee – no update.
            [Connie (Port Jervis) Pennie (Fallsburg) Maria (Florida)]
        Others Committees will be forthcoming as needed– Y-2 Kids, Luncheon, etc.

Sunshine Fund  Recognized Lynn Banghart’s impending family addition!

Book Share – “Reading Up” – good books for children reading above reading level
    Booklists from Goshen shared (Grades 2&3, Grades 4&5); several lists from Randy found online; Lloyd Alexander, Susan Cooper mentioned. Discussion of Lexiles, AR and Fontas and Pinnell levels ensued. Also discussed Common Core impact on libraries- challenge to find reading level appropriate material to some curriculum topics, i.e. science for youngest grades, human body- circulatory system for 1st grade.

Announcements from Randy  - see handout for all information shared
    “What not to weed” webinar archived; Better World Books provides “grubby list” as well as “dusty books” – in Fairfax Co. system able to send books to other facilities based on use/wear and tear (not circ’ing here, but “grubby” condition there).

“Your 3 Minutes of Fame” – Anna touted “Magic Tree House” Club for grades 1-4 and interested Kindergarteners—multi age program working; Rena shared “Word Racer” craft and instruction on making it—vowels and consonants in bean filled waterbottle, shake and make as many words as possible with visible letters; Rena also had two outreach events one at a school with 820 kids and family; one a Healthy Halloween party with 150+ attendees including health organizations, fire trucks, police etc to promote health and safety.
Meeting adjourned 11:58 a.m.
Follow Up items highlighted.

At Noon: Sue Scott (RCLS) on Gaming in libraries.
RCLS now has video game equipment and games to lend to libraries through delivery. Contact Sue to request / reserve.


Minutes Author: 
Lisa SinClair